During a recent visit to the King Arthur Flour bakery in Vermont I purchased a loaf of challah, fully intending to pull pieces off of it for the next several hours and devour most of the loaf that way. Isn’t that the best way to eat fresh bread? Sadly, I ended up getting distracted and by the time I got back to my loaf it was partly stale and didn’t lend itself well to nibbling on.
However, stale bread is still good for plenty of things– not least of which is bread pudding. Not just any bread pudding– chocolate bread pudding. DARK chocolate bread pudding, which makes it that much more decadent. I pulled this recipe from King Arthur Flour’s own website and have been eating the results for breakfast for the past week. Superb.
Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding (from King Arthur Flour)
- 6 1/2 cups bread cubes from a 1-lb loaf of challah or brioche
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, chopped or in chips
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 3 cups milk or half & half
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a lightly buttered 9×13″ pan, combine bread cubes with 1 cup of the chopped chocolate.
2. In a small saucepan, combine remaining chocolate with sugar, cocoa, and 1 1/2 cups of the milk or half and half. Cook over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
3. Remove from heat and add remaining dairy. Then whisk in eggs, salt, and vanilla.
4. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and let it soak in for about 30 minutes.
5. In the meantime, preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
6. When the custard has soaked in, bake for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving.